[GeoHumanities SIG] CFP: Extending GIS for the Humanities
karlg at stanford.edu
Tue Oct 7 16:51:35 CEST 2014
CFP: Extending GIS for the Humanities
A proposed paper session at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting
[ http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting ]
Chicago, IL; April 19 -25, 2015
This session aims to help motivate a GIScience research agenda for GeoHumanities computing, with papers presenting humanities research that has encountered—and either mitigated or perhaps overcome—conceptual and technical challenges in using GIS software. Key areas of difficulty include the need for multivocality, the representation, computation and visualization of data which is uncertain in one or more ways, and the integration of spatial and temporal data.
In recent years a growing number of research projects undertaken by scholars of history, literature, culture, linguistics, and fine arts are geographic in the sense of particularly concerning place, or having geospatial analysis as a principle methodology. Naturally this has led to the use of GIS software for both mapping and analysis in such work. It has also brought to the fore ways in which existing GIS software is deemed inadequate or inappropriate for humanist studies.
Still, there are unmet methodological and technical challenges, and it is increasingly important there be a pragmatically-oriented forum for discussing humanists’ concerns and requirements with some specificity, in order to foster collaboration with GIScience researchers and practitioners. This should help considerably in realizing systems (or new ecosystem elements) more useful for humanities research than is currently the case.
Topic areas that will be of interest for the session include but are not limited to:
• Semantic computing: linked data, ontologies
• Modeling, encoding, and computing over uncertain, sparse, or indeterminate spatial and temporal data
• Visualization of uncertainty in maps and associated timelines
• Modeling multivocality: “open-world” assumption in “closed-world” systems
• Temporally-enabled GIS for data exploration and hypothesis formation
• Quantitative tools for qualitative research questions
Please send an abstract of up to 250 words to Karl Grossner ( karlg at stanford.edu ) by October 20.
This session is sponsored by the Historical Geography Specialty Group of AAG and will become part of a recently announced GeoHumanities thematic track within the conference.
Karl Grossner, PhD
Digital Humanities Research Developer
http://kgeographer.org ; @kgeographer
Co-chair, GeoHumanities SIG (a special interest group of ADHO)
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